Armagh launches Tourist Shuttle Service from Belfast
A new tourist shuttle bus to Armagh will become a familiar sight on the streets of Belfast this summer thanks to an innovative new scheme designed to showcase the Cathedral City’s hidden gems, leading attractions, hospitality and shopping, it has been announced.
The new service, which will operate on Fridays and Saturdays every week from May 22nd until the end of August, will offer a tourist-friendly ‘hop on, hop off’ service to the heart of Ireland’s Ecclesiastical Capital, taking in the two world-famous St Patrick’s Cathedrals, the historic Armagh Gaol, Armagh Planetarium and the Observatory.
The new tours also provide visitors with the opportunity to steep themselves in the Orchard County’s famous apple heritage by taking in a carefully-designed trip to the Armagh Cider Company, or engage in the area’s legendary past with a visit to the mystical Navan Centre and Fort.
The breath-taking beauty of Europe’s largest inland freshwater lake can also be enjoyed en route to Armagh with a visit to the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, while shoppers keen for choice have the option to enjoy one of Northern Ireland’s largest shopping complexes with a stop-off at Rushmere Shopping Centre on the way.
Tickets for the tours, which are supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast, cost just £15 per person – and visitors keen for an overnight stay on Fridaycan use their return ticket to get back to Belfast the following day.
Lord Mayor, Darryn Causby, said:
“The historic and beautiful city of Armagh, and its surrounding area, continues to attract families and visitors of all ages from across Northern Ireland and beyond, and I’m delighted that this exciting new tour makes its major attractions, experiences, culture, history, hospitality and charm much more accessible to people across Belfast and Northern Ireland.”
The service will depart every Friday and Saturday from the Belfast Welcome Centre at 10am and return at5:30pm. Tickets can be purchased directly at the Belfast Welcome Centre or online at visit-belfast.com. More information and the full itinerary and accommodation options can be also be viewed by visitingArmagh.co.uk/daytours.
Moira Crosbie, Regional Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland, said
“For visitors to Northern Ireland and local residents alike, a trip to Armagh makes a great day out – and with easier access, an unbeatable price and a packed itinerary designed to suit everyone, we are delighted to support this fantastic initiative which showcases the very best of this world-famous, must-visit city.”
Stephanie Swail from the Belfast Welcome Centre said:
“The new Armagh day tours from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre provide a convenient and cost effective way for not only visitors keen to go beyond Belfast but offers ideas for people here to discover the sites and attractions of this ancient capital city. From the cathedrals and museums to the planetarium; shopping to the great outdoors; and sampling the local delicacies of the ‘Orchard County’, there’s plenty to see and do for a great day out.”